Two-factor Authentication (TFA)

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication (TFA) adds a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password. SFA will start implementing Duo in Fall 2020.

How It Works

  1. Enter your mySFA username and password as usual
  2. Use your phone, or other TFA option, to verify your identity
  3. Securely logged in

Once you've enrolled in Duo you're ready to go: You'll login as usual with your mySFA username and password, and then use your device to verify that it's you.

No mobile phone? You can also use a landline or tablet. If you would rather use a hardware token contact the IT Security team for additional details. Duo lets you link multiple devices to your account, so you can use your mobile phone and a landline, a landline and a hardware token, two different mobile devices, etc.

Why Do I Need This?

Passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. They can often be stolen, guessed, or hacked — you might not even know someone is accessing your account.

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security, keeping your account secure even if your password is compromised. With Duo Push, you'll be alerted right away (on your phone) if someone is trying to log in as you.

This second factor of authentication is separate and independent from your username and password — Your password is never shared with Duo.

Supported Devices

Click your device platform to learn more:

Duo Mobile on iOSiOS

Duo Mobile on AndroidAndroid  

Duo Mobile on Windows PhoneWindows

 Using Duo with any Cellphone or LandlineOther Phones         

 Using Duo with a hardware tokenHardware Tokens

How Do I Set It Up?

Open enrollment for Faculty and Staff begins December 2nd, and an enrollment email will be sent to all Faculty and Staff, with all employees to be using Duo in January 2020.

Student enrollment will begin in the Fall 2021 semester. An enrollment email will be sent to all Students following the 12th class day.

Want to try it out now?

Curious how Duo and TFA works? Don't wait for open-enrollment, try it now with this step by step demo from Duo Security;

Common Issues (These links are directly to Duo Security)


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